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Old 12 August 2010, 11:58   #11
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if you say your rib is 8 metre + you are not going to be short of space you could get both a wet suit and a membrane dry suitfor surface use and use as conditions dictate,
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Old 12 August 2010, 12:00   #12
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Drysuit V Wetsuit

Just bought one of these a few weeks ago, it's transformed life. Highly recomended. Much less of a struggle to get in and out of than a wetsuit, and a lot less smelly!

http://www.gillmarine.com/gb/products/pro-drysuit
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Old 12 August 2010, 13:45   #13
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Gul GCX4 Shadow Front Zip Breathable Drysuit - I got one of these last year for 250 and it's brilliant. Its a bit warm when you are launching single handed and sorting the trailer out before departure but once you get out on the water it's very comfy and easy to move in. Just lay off the Guiness and curry the night before cos a dry suit dont come off in a hurry.
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Old 12 August 2010, 13:52   #14
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Gul GCX4 Shadow Front Zip Breathable Drysuit - I got one of these last year for 250 and it's brilliant.
Good, I'm glad that there are some decent products coming out wearing the 'Gul' logo again. A Cornish co. that was ruined after the original founder sold it.
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Old 12 August 2010, 14:15   #15
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Good, I'm glad that there are some decent products coming out wearing the 'Gul' logo again. A Cornish co. that was ruined after the original founder sold it.
Been very pleased with it Mollers, it's much better than a smelly wetsuit and very easy to clean. I just pop it on when I get home and take a cold shower and hang it out to dry... Here come the bilges!!!
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I use as polar bear dry suit or shorts. If I'm likely to get wet, windblown, rained on etc it's the suit.

They have some bargins at present here http://www.polarbearsq.com/rec-front.asp?CatID=78

The site also has a range of helmets, pfds etc.
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I came across this website a little while ago. I've no idea if they are any good or not but might be worth you having a look.

http://www.sundridge.co.uk/

thanks - a place that sells big fat b*st*ard sizes of waterproofs! must visit place, i usally buy for USA size i am normal size there!

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mmmm interesting suit, but would all that wet weight be too much for the 150N of buoyancy?

I think I'd be looking for 275N for that type of suit.
Just as an observation - while you're immersed, water doesn't weigh any more when it's in your clothes than it does when it's in the sea. 150N of buoyancy will still provide you with the same upthrust in the water.

However, getting out of the water with lots of wet gear on (or wellies full of water) will certainly add to your overall weight, but a bigger L/J wouldn't help you get out of the water - in fact it can be a hindrance.

The 275N standard is effective when the clothes you are wearing give you more buoyancy (eg survival/immersion suits, or drysuits with trapped air) and change your position in the water - as your lower body floats higher it tends to push your head backwards and the increased buoyancy of a 275N jacket lifts you clear again. Hard work getting out of the water with an inflated 275N jacket - many people find they need to partially deflate it so that they can climb out (but that's easily done)

It's all quite personal, but for what it's worth my own view is that I don't like wetsuits. I find them less comfortable to wear, they can get smelly, and if I'm going into cold water anyway I'd rather be in a drysuit. Drysuits can be uncomfortable too though - even when you spend a grand getting one made to measure with all the latest fancy materials it will still be tight around your neck and once you've decided what to wear underneath for the conditions that day it isn't easy to change. Plain waterproofs or floatation suits are probably more comfortable to wear while you're in the boat but will have their own problems if you end up in the water.

Not easy, but our policy here is - if we're going to be out after dark, or if there's a possibility of ending up in (or being continually lashed by) cold water - it's drysuits. If it's a nice day - it's waterproofs (which may be worn or just brought along). If it's cold but little chance of getting immersed or soaked - it's floatation suits
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Thanks all,

I'll come back when I've had a chance to read through the posts and look at the links.,
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http://www.hammond-drysuits.co.uk/dr...dry-suits.html

Made to measure and good value!!
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